Adieu! I am just going to Leicester House, where the Princess sees company to-day and to-morrow, from seven to nine, on her lying-in. I mention this per amore del Signer Marchese Cosimo Riccardi5. 137. To HORACE MANN. Arlington Street, Dec. 26, 1743. I SHALL complain of inflammations in my eyes, till you think it is an excuse for not writing; but your brother is my witness that I have been shut up in a dark room for this week. I get frequent colds, which fall upon my eyes; and then I have bottles of sovereign eye-waters from all my acquaintance ; but as they are only accidental colds, I never use anything but sage, which braces my eye-fibres again in a few days. I have had two letters since my last to you; one complaining of my silence, and the other acknowledging one from me after a month's intermission: indeed, I never have been so long without writing to you: I do sometimes miss two weeks on any great dearth of news, which is all I have to fill a letter; for living as I do among people, whom, from your long absence, you cannot know, I should talk Hebrew to mention them to you. Those, that from eminent birth, folly, or parts, are to be found in the chronicles of the times, I tell you of, whenever necessity or the Bang puts them into new lights. The latter, for I cannot think the former had any 4 The Treasury. Walpole. to inform himself of the state of 5 A gossiping old Florentine noble- marriages, pregnancies, lyings-in, man, -whose -whole employment was and such-like histories. Walpole.